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This tour is for those people who have a limited amount of time to watch the Tour de France, but want to see the most famous of the 2013 Tour de France, L’Alpe d’Huez, and have the luxury of staying at the ski station only meters away from the stage route.
We shall spend 4 nights at the ski station of L’Alpe d’Huez. Having accommodation on L’Alpe d’Huez for the Tour de France is a real privilege and you will be able to enjoy the unique atmosphere that the Alpe provides during the build up to the Tour de France arrival, as well as the festivities on race day.
For those bringing bikes you will be able to ride the famous climb of L’Alpe d’Huez as well as other iconic climbs like the Col du Galibier, Col du Glandon, Col du Lauteret.
You can arrange your own flight to Geneva airport, where our reps will meet you, and we shall a transfer to L’Alpe d’Huez at 15.00hrs. If you can’t make it for 15.00hrs, then you will need to look at flights the day before and stay at one of the Geneva airport hotels.
From the UK there are numerous budget airlines that fly into Geneva airport (book early to take advantage of cheap flights).
Also British Airways, Air France, Aer Lingus, Lufthansa, Brussels airlines operate flights to Geneva.
Being located at L’Alpe d’Huez for the Tour de France is a real privilege and you will be able to enjoy the unique atmosphere that the Alpe provides during the build up to the Tour de France arrival, as well as the festivities on race day.
Tuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th July:
For those with bikes, there are many ride options available. They can ride to the Col du Galibier and back, to the Col du Glandon. There is also the TDF race circuit loop that the riders will do on the L’Alpe d’Huez stage, taking in the newly surfaced Col de Sarenne and climb of L’Alpe d’Huez.
For the none cyclists, there are numerous activities at L’Alpe d’Huez (walking in the mountains, ski lift to the glacier at Pic Blanc, mountain bike hire).
Thursday 18th July:
Our location could not be better for accessing the most popular mountain stage of the 2013 Tour de France. Waking up at L’Alpe d’Huez only meters from the stage route is a real privilege….some of our hotels have balconies and terraces that overlook the stage route only 1km from the stage finish.
After seeing the stage we shall spend the night at L’Alpe d’Huez along with the teams, race officials etc etc…
Friday 19th July:
After breakfast we shall descend L’Alpe d’Huez to the town of Bourg d’Oisans, where you will see the stage start. Here you will be able to see the riders sign on and start this mamouth stage that crosses the Alps.
After seeing the start we shall rejoin the bus and travel to Geneva airport. We aim to arrive at Geneva airport for approx. 14.30hrs to 15.00hrs, for people to take evening flights. Should this be too late for your flight time then you can take an extra night at Geneva airport and fly out the next day, (see supplement below for 1 extra night).
Alternatively, you can spend 2 extra nights at a hotel close to Geneva airport, and on Saturday 20th July see the final mountain stage from Annecy to Col du Semnoz. Geneva airport is only 40mins from Annecy. (See 2 nights extra supplement).
Saturday 20th July:
After breakfast you will be taken the short distance from Geneva airport to Annecy to see todays stage. The penultimate stage of the Tour de France is usually a Time Trial. For the 100th edition, the TDF organizers are breaking with tradition and today’s stage will be a mountain stage that starts in the picturesque town of Annecy and finishes on top of the Col du Semnoz, a 1700mts mountain that towers above the town of Annecy and Lake Annecy.
We will see the stage start in Annecy and then those will bikes will be able to ride the Col du Semnoz to see the finish of this crucial mountain stage, and the winner of the 100th Tour de France, whilst those without bikes will be able to see the finish on the lower slopes of the Semnoz mountain.
After seeing the stage we shall return to our hotel at Geneva airport.
Sunday 21st July:
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